Dims: 1.5 x 1.4 x 1.3" (3.8 x 3.5 x 3.2 cm)
Wt: 1.0 oz. (28 g) w/ base
Red River Floodway, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
Two "split" Gypsum blades extend from the base of much smaller, intergrown crystals of this large thumbnail piece. These crystals are in excellent condition, showing almost no human-induced damage and little natural damage. The larger of the two has dimensions of 1.0 x 1.0 x 0.4" (2.6 x 2.5 x 1.1 cm), and the smaller is only slightly smaller than that. Each has excellent monoclinic bladed form and shows evidence of splitting into two distinct crystals, though the process is incomplete. Their color is a dull, pale yellow and their luster is pearly to greasy. Both are transparent and moderately clear, containing a few internal fractures and inclusions. The base is made up of many smaller blades, but these are either broken or heavily intergrown. The piece is hot-glued to an acrylic base.